You Are God’s Masterpiece
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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
The words escaped my lips just as I realized their subtle implication—not exactly wrong, but misleading.
“The church I go to meets at 10am” is technically correct, but simultaneously all wrong!
I don’t go to church. I am part of a church community.
The people of God comprise the church 7 days a week wherever we exhibit God’s justice and kindness. The church is not one location or time of worship. We are part of His ongoing project to reshape this world to resemble His kingdom.
We are God’s masterpiece! We are each beautifully and intentionally handcrafted by God for a purpose—to be part of the larger masterpiece. While we might apply this scripture to individuals, it actually describes the community of believers. We are created anew to cross ethnic, class, and age barriers and show the world that unity among diverse people is possible when Jesus reigns.
Unity among diverse people is possible when Jesus reigns. (tweet this)
We, the church, are God’s masterpiece. Not me, not you, but the collective whole. The church is a work of art forever in progress. And our purpose is to visibly display His love, mercy, and grace to everyone everywhere—to attract them to the beauty of a life with Jesus. Jesus said “Go and make disciples.”
I am part of the church—a living, growing, changing masterpiece that displays God’s beauty to the world. (tweet this)
Would you say you go to church or are you part of a church?
How can you become more a part of your church?
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Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Ephesians 3:17 (NLT)
I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NLT)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
We are indeed a part of the church. My hope is that your post reaches many of us because far too many tend to see church as a place to be on Sunday morning, with little need for it beyond that. I am reminded of a quote from F.F. Bosworth that states “Most Christians feed their bodies three hot meals a day and their spirits one cold snack a week. And they wonder why they’re so weak in faith.” I want to be careful here and state that I have a timber in my own eye sometimes, but it is so vitally important that we live out our faith so the world can see what God can do. Back-biting, internal feuds, discourse, and part-time Christianity does not meet Christ’s call to His body.
Amen J.D., Amen! We are meant to be a light to the world, displaying His kingdom, demonstrating peace among people who are broken and have differences. I too have a log in my own eye, but am trying my best to live out faith.